Final Inspection in Apparel Industry

By | October 29, 2015

Final Inspection in Apparel Industry 

Noor Ahmed Raaz
B.Sc. in Textile Engineering (CU)
Specialized in Apparel Manufacturing
Lecturer, Department of Textile Engineering
Atish Dipankar University of Science & Technology


Final Inspection:

Final inspection is the last steps of garment inspection system. In this stage complete garments are inspected by buyer. Different parts of garments are inspected in this stage such as garments main fabric, accessories, trims, label, fabric faults etc. There are various systems for final inspection in the garment industry. Final inspection is very important for an export order shipment. Today I would like to discuss about the final inspection in the garment industry.

Final Inspection of Garments Quality:

The supplier must perform an internal quality inspection before offering the lot to the manufacturer QA Auditor. To confirm the product quality, use the AQL sampling plan table and follow these steps-

1. Establish the number of units in the consignment.

2. Use the AQL table to determine the number of units to be inspected.

3. Randomly select the sample quantity from across the sizes and color.

4. Check the sample lot quantity for all quality performance standards (i.e. Packing Standards/ Function and Testing Standards/Visual Standards).

Final Inspection

Once the 100% inspection has been completed, another internal inspection takes place. If the consignment passes this second inspection, the goods can be offered for final inspection by the manufacturer.

Final Inspection Check List:

When goods are received at manufacturer warehouse/RDC, they are assessed using the checklist below. The inspection will be based on ISO 2859, BS 6001, ANSI /ASQC 1.4:1993 and JIS Z 9015-1. Garments manufacturer always recommends that inspection before presenting the goods for final inspection. This is particularly important for Export orders where the goods by-pass warehouse/DC processing.

S/L Section Criteria
01 Presentation
  • Do the goods meet retailing standards?
  • Are the garments crushed, creased or glazed?
  • Are the garments soiled, stained or wet?
02 Labeling
  • Is there a correct logo?
  • Is there a correct size label?
  • Are there correct labels on fiber content and wash care instructions?
  • Are the bar-code tags or swing tickets incorrect or missing?
03 Components and Trims
  • Are the components or trims rusting, tarnishing or broken?
  • Are there incorrect attachments (for example handles)?
  • Are the zippers faulty or incorrect?
  • Are the tie cords correct?
04 Make Up
  • Are the seams insecure, puckered, grinning, roping or twisting?
  • Is there needle damage (includes laddering)?
  • Are there excessive threads or is there poor trimming?
  • Are the collars, pockets, zippers or darts incorrectly sewn or panels misaligned?
05 Fabric faults
  • Are there printing or dyeing faults?
  • Are there faults in the fabric or interlining?
  • Is there varying shading within the garment?
  • Is there varying shading from garment to garment?
06 Miscellaneous
  • Is the garment measurement within acceptable tolerance as defined in the Gold Sample / Design Pack?
  • Are the correct numbers of spare buttons provided?
  • Did all colors passed all required Laboratory Testing Procedures?
  • Did it meet all government regulatory requirements?
  • Did it meet all safety requirements?

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